Cloudify and Lumina Networks Announce Strategic Partnership

Cloudify and Lumina Networks Announce Strategic Partnership

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cloudify Platform Ltd. and Lumina Networks today at the SDN World Congress, announced a strategic partnership to bring agility to service providers with legacy and virtualized networks. The two industry-changing companies will cooperate on customer deployments to automate service delivery without vendor lock-in.

On the heels of a successful tier-one service provider production deployment, the two companies will productize a new open source plug-in to enable service orchestration for brownfield networks that want to deploy NFV. Enabling the Cloudify cloud native orchestration platform to provision network connectivity, the plug-in provides unified controls of underlay equipment via a network path-based application, the Lumina Flow Manager, on the Lumina SDN Controller.

With shared support of ONAP, including Lumina’s continued leadership in OpenDaylight, this alliance renews the companies’ commitment to providing service providers network evolution without vendor lock-in.

“Our partnership gives service providers exactly what they need to bring VNFs to production – control of both the virtual and physical network, orchestrated and controlled as one network and one service” says Lumina Networks CEO, Andrew Coward. “Together, through joint development and open source cooperation, we will build on our success helping customers design and implement NFV and SDN solutions to bring network automation and service continuity to production.”

“Cloudify and Lumina have been working together to deliver real-world NFV transformation through DevOps agility and automation at the networking layer, doing so successfully and in production at Tier-1 service providers.” says Ariel Dan, CEO at Cloudify. “This partnership enables organizations to modernize their legacy networks by confidently building best of breed, production-grade, open source networking stacks across multi-cloud & cloud native environments.”

About Lumina Networks
Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods. For more information, please visit www.luminanetworks.com.

About Cloudify
Cloudify specializes in IT operations automation technology that manages application and network services through open orchestration. The company’s Cloudify software enhances the velocity and reliability of software deployment, lifecycle management and network functions in cloud-native environments. Built and maintained by an open source community, Cloudify is used by telecoms, internet service providers, financial services firms, e-commerce companies and others for NFV operations and cloud management & orchestration.

Cloudify is spearheading open standard initiatives in cloud management and NFV and is the leading orchestration provider behind the TOSCA specification. Cloudify is a founding member of ONAP, next-generation network automation standards, and an active member in OASIS and ETSI standard bodies.

Cloudify has corporate offices in the US, Europe and Asia. More at cloudify.co.

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Lumina Networks Demonstrates SD-Core Enhancements Using Newly Released SDN Controller Version 8

Lumina Networks Demonstrates SD-Core Enhancements Using Newly Released SDN Controller Version 8

Support for Multiple Domains Allow Users Greater Flexibility in Migrating to Segment Routing, NFV or Whitebox Switching

September 25, 2018, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Open Networking Summit — Today Lumina Networks introduced version 8 of the company’s SDN Controller, powered by OpenDaylight™. Lumina will also be demonstrating advances in its SD-Core software at the Open Networking Summit in Amsterdam this week.

The Lumina SDN Controller, along with the Flow Manager software, seamlessly defines and implements a single end-to-end service over a multi-domain environment, mixing traditional routers with white box switches and virtual network functions. To illustrate maximized flexibility, the demo leverages Cisco XRv routers via segment routing (BGP-LS and PCEP), White box switches via OpenFlow, Pseudowires and a multi-protocol path computation engine using PCEP. Integrity of the service is maintained through network changes and failures as BGP-LS, PCEP, OpenFlow and NETCONF interfaces are all supported simultaneously. Lumina’s unique capabilities leverage OpenDaylight’s ability to support multiple control protocols at the same time.

On the tail of the company’s recently closed series A funding from AT&T, Verizon Ventures and Rahi Systems, Lumina Network’s eighth platform release focuses on improved network scalability, stability, and tools. Included in the Oxygen-based release comes increased cross-project code quality, and updates to Karaf 4.1.3, to enable developers with improved agility and compliance of future upgrades.

“As OpenDaylight continues to mature, our job at Lumina is to deliver a carrier-grade, fully tested implementation of each OpenDaylight release,” says Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “We combine these releases with use cases and additional functionality that enables our customers to bridge the gap and bring SDN to both existing and new network equipment.”

In production with numerous tier one communication service providers around the world, Lumina SDN Controller is leveraged in common use cases including container networking, service automation, SD-Core, intent-based networking, and 5G application placement. In addition to the SDN Controller, and NetDev Services, the company offers specific applications such as Fabric Manager for Kubernetes®, Lumina Flow Manager, for path computation and management, and VNF Manager for configuration of virtualized network functions.

Lumina Networks offers free downloads and support for trial at www.luminanetworks.com.

About Lumina Networks

Lumina Networksbelieves the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods. For more information, please visit www.luminanetworks.com.

© 2018 Lumina Networks. All Rights Reserved.

Lumina Networks and the Lumina networks logo and symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumina Networks, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Other marks may belong to third parties.

Lumina Networks Expands Engineering Management to Drive Product Innovation and Open Source Leadership

Lumina Networks Expands Engineering Management to Drive Product Innovation and Open Source Leadership

Avinash Parwaney joins from Cisco to Lead Lumina Engineering; Prem Sankar Gopannan joins from Ericsson and Iyappa Swaminathan joins from Nuviso Networks to bolster open source project contribution and product line expansion

San Jose, Calif. – Sept 17, 2018 –Open source networking leader Lumina Networks today announced the addition of three industry leaders to their engineering team.  Avinash Parwaney joins Lumina’s executive team as VP of Engineering. Parwaney is formerly from Cisco where he was Senior Director of Engineering. Prem Sankar Gopannan has joined Lumina as Director of Engineering and Iyappa Swaminathan has joined as Director of Technical Product Management.

“I am pleased to welcome Avinash to lead the Lumina engineering team. He brings a wealth of real-world experience in large scale service provider networking,” said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “Avinash will help Lumina accelerate our open source-based networking platforms and applications from proof of concept trials into production deployment. The addition of Prem and Iyappa to the team will further strengthen our ability to help lead the open source networking community, driving innovation and productization.”

As Senior Director of Engineering at Cisco, Avinash was responsible for the Service Provider Software portfolio, working directly with Cisco’s largest global customers to ensure successful operation. His efforts at Cisco have contributed to product line expansion into the billions of dollars annual run-rate. Avinash also serves as a board advisor at Vizru Inc., a startup focused on autonomous applications and workflow automation for enterprises.

Prem Sankar Gopannan joins Lumina from Ericsson where he was Principal Architect. Prem is well-known in the open source community, currently serving as project team lead for the Kubernetes Integration Project (COE) in OpenDaylight. Iyappa Swaminathan (Ayyaps) comes to Lumina from SDN supplier Nuviso Networks, where he served as a Vice President for Product Management and Head of India Operations. Ayyaps has prior engineering development experience at both Cisco and Juniper.

In May 2018, Lumina Networks raised $10 million in Series A Funding led by Verizon Ventures and joined by AT&T and Rahi Systems. The company announced its intention to use the funding to expand product engineering and geographic expansion.

About Lumina Networks

Lumina Networksbelieves the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source network platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer open source know-how to our customers.

© 2018 Lumina Networks. All Rights Reserved.

Lumina Networks and the Lumina networks logo and symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumina Networks, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Other marks may belong to third parties.

Lumina SDN Controller and Lumina Topology Manager 7.3.0 Release Notes

Lumina SDN Controller and Lumina Topology Manager 7.3.0 Release Notes

Lumina Adds Support for Nitrogen SR3

Lumina is proud to announce the release of version 7.3.0 of our SDN Controller and Topology Manager products.

This release adds support for Nitrogen SR3, the last OpenDaylight Nitrogen release.

New features and enhancements include:

 

Full release notes and documentation can be found here: https://www.luminanetworks.com/doc/lsc/7.3.0/

If you wish to download a free trial of the Lumina SDN Controller with these updates, you can do so here: https://www.luminanetworks.com/softwares/sdn-controller-trial/

Lumina Networks Introduces PacketCable™ Multimedia Support

Lumina Networks Introduces PacketCable™ Multimedia Support

The CableLabs-developed interface software enables MSOs to support Quality of Service (QoS) using Lumina’s open source controller Powered by OpenDaylight™

CableLabs Summer Conference, Keystone, Colorado — Aug. 6, 2018 — Today Lumina Networks announced support for the open source PacketCable multimedia interface (PCMM) developed for OpenDaylight. Lumina will be discussing the technology with multiple system operators (MSOs) at this week’s CableLabs Summer Conference.

Lumina Networks is productizing the open source project that has been developed at CableLabs over the last several years. The tested, documented and supported interface enables MSOs to confidently roll PCMM into production. While many vendor products have supported the PCMM interface specification, this is the first commercialized edition of the community project. Lumina sees this as a stepping stone to broadening PCMM support within the MSO market.

Using the PCMM protocol from Lumina’s SDN controller, MSOs will be able to manage QoS for services such as voice over IP (VoIP). In addition to controlling QoS parameters in the cable modem termination system (CMTS), PCMM provides resource auditing and management and a robust security mechanism. Lumina’s SDN Controller provides an open source-based platform using a PCMM plugin and allows MSOs to deploy SDN without vendor lock in.

Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks explained, “Support of PacketCable QoS from an industry proven platform, such as the Lumina SDN Controller, further extends the benefits we can provide to the MSO market. Lumina now has the ability to help MSOs move SDN technology from the lab into production.”

“We are always pleased to see growing use of important CableLabs specifications such as the PacketCable Multi-Media protocol. We see our specifications as helping operators and vendors alike to enhance existing services and offer new services for their customers,” said Carmela Stuart, Director at CableLabs.

About Lumina Networks

 

Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods.  

About CableLabs

 

CableLabs is a non-profit innovation and R&D lab founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. The company develops technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services, and provides testing, certification facilities and technical leadership for the industry. Dating back to the launch of HFC in 1992 to the start of DOCSIS® in 1994, facilitating the MPEG standard and its work in coherent optics and wireless, CableLabs continues to build secure networks and technologies that have become the bedrock for the entire industry. The goal is to create a future that is more useful, more connected and more global, by repeatedly pushing the forefront of innovation, transforming concepts and impossibilities into practical and adoptable everyday uses.

PacketCable and CableLabs are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.

 

© 2018 Lumina Networks. All Rights Reserved.

 

Lumina Networks and the Lumina networks logo and symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumina Networks, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Other marks may belong to third parties.

Lumina Networks at CableLabs Summer Conference

Lumina Networks at CableLabs Summer Conference

Lumina is proud to be attending and exhibiting at CableLabs Summer Conference 2018.

When CableLabs was founded, it strove to live at the crossroads of innovation and technical achievement. Now, 30 years later, CableLabs Summer Conference has become one of the premiere executive conferences for key players in the cable networking industry.

Lumina Networks will be exhibiting our version of the CableLabs PCMM initiative. PacketCable Multimedia (PCMM) specification is a program initiative from CableLabs to support the deployment of general Multimedia services by providing a technical definition of several IP-based signalling interfaces that leverage core QoS and policy management capabilities native to DOCSIS Versions 1.1 and greater.

Current PCMM deployments use expensive, legacy applications with limited enhancements, upgrades and support. Lumina’s SDN Controller provides a supported, low-cost alternative to manage PCMM using an open source and open partner solution.  Lumina’s extensive work with the Linux Foundation and OpenDaylight have delivered proven SDN Controller projects that manage and control networks for service providers around the globe.

Why SDN is about the Legacy Network

Why SDN is about the Legacy Network

Anil Vishnoi, Principal Software Engineer, Lumina Networks

Some ask why SDN is not more widely deployed. Part of the answer to this question is that most vendors require you to replace your existing equipment to “software define” your network.

Lumina has a unique approach to SDN migration that brings SDN to both your new network and your legacy network. This allows migration to SDN and NFV technologies while bringing benefits to your existing network equipment as well. Lumina’s Microservices framework is a key innovation that enables simultaneous SDN support for white boxes, virtualized network functions and legacy network equipment all via the Lumina SDN Controller.

 

Original article by TelecomTV. You can read it here.

 

Using Open Source to Enable Network Evolution

Using Open Source to Enable Network Evolution

Kevin Woods, VP, Product Management, Lumina Networks

The network core is ripe for disruption. While the industry migrates to 5G, SD-WAN, IOT, Mobile Edge Computing and other advanced networking technologies with exponentially increasing traffic levels, the core has remained relatively static.

The economics and deployment approach for existing core network technologies will not meet this coming demand.  “SD-Core”* is the application of use cases and software-defined networking technology to the meet the scalability and service agility requirements that service providers now need.

Lumina Networks’ unique approach to SD-CORE* defines a carrier-grade architecture and technology-set for deploying scalable MPLS and Segment Routing based networks using SDN and white box technologies, enabling network providers to evolve their core networks to SDN, while retaining the protocols, products and reliability of their existing networks.

 

*Note: SD-Core is now known as SD-Control.

Original article posted by TelecomTV. You can read it here.

Verizon Ventures CEO Center Stage: Andrew Coward, President and CEO of Lumina Networks

Verizon Ventures CEO Center Stage: Andrew Coward, President and CEO of Lumina Networks

Original article posted on the Verizon Ventures blog. Read it here.

What was the inspiration for starting Lumina Networks?

Finding disruptive technology is always exciting, and never more so than when disruption has the ability to completely change an industry, such as in the case of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Until Lumina Networks came to the market with new Open Daylight (ODL) -based solutions, the networking equipment business had become staid and boring. Sure, networking vendors were releasing ever bigger and faster products, but the cost points weren’t coming down fast enough, and unlike everything else in the data center, all the equipment was proprietary and vendor lock-in was normal. The proprietary nature of this networking equipment wasn’t cosmetic. It has impeded the ability of large enterprises and telecom operators to digitize and automate their processes and networks because each hardware vendor has their own exclusive set of tools and management methods that didn’t work with other vendors.

To address this, and over the last four years, the trifecta of SDN, network function virtualization (NFV) and open source has radically disturbed this ecosystem, bringing the same disruption to networking that standardized servers, Linux and virtualization has brought to compute.

So when open source arrived into the networking arena we knew (in Brocade) there was an opportunity to lead the industry by packaging and productizing the leading SDN open source project – OpenDaylight. Four years ago, Brocade released their first commercial OpenDaylight distribution and built a series of companion applications and services.

Rolling the clock forward three years (to August 2017), we formed Lumina Networks as a spin-off from Brocade to receive these open source SDN controller assets and take advantage of this industry paradigm shift. This opportunity came about very uniquely, following the Brocade/Broadcom acquisition, where all of Brocade’s business units were sold, leaving Broadcom with Brocade’s Fibre Channel assets.

It was clear from Brocade’s customer base (Verizon included) that there was a passion to make sure that the SDN controller would end up in an independent company and not be swallowed by a traditional networking vendor. As a consequence, we received a huge amount of support from these customers as we went through the Brocade spin-out process.

Your background is focused on building, growing and managing products for a variety of networking organizations. Can you tell us about the problem Lumina Networks aims to solve?

It was clear from the outset that many service providers and large enterprises are committed to using open source in their networks but needed support to take projects out of their labs and into live deployments. We choose the OpenDaylight controller as the base for our software because it has the unique ability to bring SDN control to existing optical and IP networks, to virtual network functions, and to white-box deployments.

While most existing SDN deployments have focused on using overlay technology, which assumes the existing network is already provisioned and working (think Contrail or SD-WAN), Lumina set out to bring SDN control to existing services such as E-Line and E-Tree, and enable these existing services to be incorporated with new virtual network functions and white boxes.

Congrats on your recent funding round! How will your new fund help Lumina Networks?

We are very happy to be working with Verizon Ventures who has been very supportive through the entire divestiture process and through this funding round. We are using these new funds to further package and productize OpenDaylight and our applications so our SDN controller can reach a wider set of customers. We have strong interest (and customers) in Europe and Japan, where we intend to focus sales and implementation services

Can you tell us about your growth in the past year?

Since we spun out of Brocade in August 2017, we’ve secured major contracts with two large US operators (including Verizon), and a large operator in Asia. We’ve also worked with a number of web-scale companies including Snapfish to automate their data centers. On the product side, we’re now on our third OpenDaylight release, and have productized around a number of solutions including SD-Core (enabling white-box deployment in MPLS networks), Kubernetes and legacy network integration.

What big trends is Lumina Networks following in open source software and SDN?

OpenDaylight is now part of the Linux Foundation which includes other significant open source projects including ONAP, Kubernetes and OPNFV (to name just a few). As networks move towards virtualization and open source, and away from end-to-end proprietary solutions, it’s important that Lumina fits into this larger ecosystem. To this end, we’re building SDN connectors into many of these projects.

It’s now been five years since the industry started down the SDN and NFV journey and it’s only now we’re starting to see real deployments at scale. Lumina is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this shift with an industry-accepted opensource controller and a ready team to bring these projects out of the lab.

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